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Habeas Corpus Barely Saved

December 27, 2008
Future of Freedom Foundation

Once in a while the fading embers of freedom flare with defiant vigor. That happened in June when the U.S. Supreme Court sternly informed the Bush administration that it may not hold people suspected of being terrorists indefinitely without charge and without judicial review at its prison at Guantanámo Bay, Cuba.

In a too-close-for-comfort 5-4 ruling, the Court reminded the American people – indeed, the world – that arbitrary power destroys individual liberty. Where government can lock people up and throw away the key – answerable to no one at all – there liberty does not dwell. That is what the Bush administration has aspired to, but in June the Court drew a line.

In invoking the cherished principle of habeas corpus, the Court was emphatic:

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